Urban Natural Homes May 12, 2017

Materials to Avoid in a Kitchen Update


Whether you are looking to fix up your kitchen for resale, or just spruce it up, there are certain materials you will undoubtedly regret using in your updates:

Inexpensive Laminate Counters and Vinyl Flooring: Natural materials make for beautiful surfaces on both countertops and flooring. However, not everyone can afford the hefty price tag often seen on materials such as marble, granite or even wood. And the fact is that laminate countertops and vinyl flooring are enjoying a resurgence in popularity due to new patterns and textures and new formulations that are making them much more user friendly. The trick is to avoid the thin, inexpensive versions of both laminate and vinyl. These versions look cheap, scratch easily and if they get wet underneath (which is pretty much a given) they will chip and bubble. Not attractive!

Lower End Thermofoil Cabinets: Thermofoil is vinyl which is heated and molded around fiberboard. As with laminate countertops and vinyl flooring, thermofoil technology is making great strides both in appearance and durability. The lower end versions, however, are not heat resistant and will invariably warp and yellow with age. The fiberboard underneath the lower end thermofoil is also of poor quality and won’t hold up over time.

Any Kind of Trendy Material: I’m telling you, those trendy narrow tile backsplashes that you see in virtually every remodel or new build these days are just not going to look as cool in five years. That’s the way of fads— it seems like a great idea at the time—but quickly looks outdated. Stick to the classics- the things that are going to last through the years, including natural, neutral color palates and simple, unfussy details.

Flat Paint: The kitchen is generally the hardest working room in the house and you want a paint that will be easy to clean and maintain. Stick to high-gloss or semi-gloss in the kitchen and save the subtle, velvety flat paint for a room, like the bedroom, where it’s not likely to get spaghetti sauce splattered all over it.